It’s new to me…

It seems weird that I would start a blog. Seriously I thought that blogging was a fad that had died out already. When I think of blogging my mind goes directly to Barney Stinson from the tv show How I Met Your Mother. When something great or “Legen-wait for it-Dary” happens he would state, “This is totally going in my blog.” Anyway I digress. As it is a new year (2016) I was wanting to try something new. One of my Sisters in Christ said that she began a blog and thought that I should try it. It was at that moment that I got excited. Of course I expressed my hesitations, but she assured me that blogging still took place and was not just a fad. I will take her word on this issue. So I am starting to blog. This being my first blog I title it “It’s new to me…”

One of my favorite passages in scripture is Revelation 21:5, “Then the one seated on the throne said, ‘Look! I’m making all things new.'” How many times do we feel that we need a new start? As I watched the ball drop on TV this year at Time Square one of the hosts talked about how each new year is like a fresh start. I found this kinda odd. Just because it is a new year does not automatically mean a fresh start. You still have bills to pay, you still deal with the holiday blues, you still have to work the next day, your problems have not just magically disappeared. So where is the fresh start? Nothing has really changed, but the date. However, some people truly see a new year as an opportunity to change things in their lives. We call these changes “resolutions.” My problem is that usually when I make a resolution after a few days/weeks I have stopped what I started or started back up what I stopped. Thats the problem with fresh starts; they generally do not work. I think the reason for this is because when people try to change their lives it does not work. I am the one who got my self into this situation. I’m the one with the bad habit, or over weight, or to shy, or to outspoken, or poor at managing money, or whatever; I did this to myself. What makes me think that I can change anything? Where would I begin? I can’t create a fresh start? It must be created and given to me for a true fresh start to happen. I have come to the conclusion that I can not change myself because myself is the problem. This is where I believe God gives us the answer. God promises that He will do something new in our lives. In fact God promises that He will make something new in our lives. God offers the fresh start that will last because it is not “renewing” that God does, but we become “NEW” people in Christ. When God promises to make all things new, He meant nothing will be the same. It will be completely different and this promise is not just meant for creation, but also for us personally. I am a new creation in Christ, I am not the same. You see when God acts it is always new. Through the newness that God brings in your life, you become NEW. What God does is He creates a new life for you. You don’t change yourself, God changes you. You have that fresh start that you’ve always wanted. No, your problems have not magically disappeared, but God didn’t promise that. He promised a new life. With this new life comes a change of direction on how I handle these problems and everyday situations. God promises a new life where the problems you face are never faced alone and those same problems you face are not the defining moments in your life. No, they become the victories of your life because with Christ you have/will overcome all obstacles. I hope you allow God to do something new in your life. May the blessings of our Savior wash over you and bring newness to your life and may God make you NEW

One comment

  1. Karolyn Hilbert · January 6, 2016

    I love your blog and you can rest assured I will follow.

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